Thursday, December 31, 2015

Fancy, fancy



Last day of 2015 and I hope you have amassed a large amount of wonderful memories this year. Better yet, I hope you continue to do so for many years to come.


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One of the biggest memories in a person's life is their wedding day. I am sure someone will be getting married on the last day of the year and I made this card, which is for the Dostamper Stars challenge 162, with that in mind. The colors are perfect for a formal and memorable party, and how can one go wrong with the new Bloomin' Heart thinlits? This is absolutely gorgeous and I know it will get mileage with me. The sentiment is also new, from the Rose Wonder stamp set and I heat embossed it in black. I cut it with the Circle Card Thinlits, which was a perfect fit. The small flowers are part of the Bloomin' Hearts thinlits and a perfect fit, of course. The background is from the Fancy Foil Designer Vellum.  A bit of bling to bring it all home

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Miriam



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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Who touched the thermostat?

12-24 PPA 281

Well, our late Spring weather came to a brutal stop, bringing a winter storm, some snow, ice, and the like. I do not like any of that, but living in WI we are only expect to wait for such conditions.

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The drop in temperatures and changing of seasons bring forth illness. My father-in-law was hospitalized on Saturday with a severe dehydration, with symptoms that looked like a stroke. Fortunately that was not so. Besides him, there has been other people that had encountered other health issues, and that called for me to prepare some Get Well cards. Today I am using the Pals Paper Players challenge 281 and also two new products: the First Sight stamp set, and the Wildflower Fields dsp that will be yours for free with your $50 purchase during sale-a-bration. The sentiment used is from the Perfect Pennants stamp set which was cut using the Lots of Labels framelits. I think this will cheer up an abated love one in a bit.

Thank you for visiting today. Be well

Miriam

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Monday, December 28, 2015

Farewell

It is a sad thing when you make good friends and then they have to move away. A very good friend of mine just recently relocated and while we are sad to see them go, we are happy for the new chapter and opportunity in their lives.

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I prepare this card for her farewell party. Since there was several families that were signing the card, I made it on a book style. I prepared small sheets for each family and then assemble them all in the card, which turned out like a lovely memories booklet. I am showcasing the new First Sight stamp set, along with the Summer Silhouettes for the small blossoms. I still had some retired dsp that went well with the looks of the stamped image, and the background dsp in Soft Sky. This card could not be complete without the bow and some pearls. I love the final result. Do you?

Thank you for visiting today. Please come back again for more ideas. Be wel

Miriam

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Ring it up.



My children are in a crazy count down for Christmas just like last year. They are having fun, but almost driving em crazy in the process. I have been busy and we are still having classes this week, I have plenty going on, and I am back on my knitting swing. My friend sent me lots of yarns and they all look so beautiful that I must knit!


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But I have not abandoned my craft room and had prepared a wedding card today. Yes, and there are some new products in this card. As a matter of fact there are two new stamp sets used in this card: Rose Wonder and Flowering Fields. The Rose Wonder is absolutely a must and it has a framelit to match. It is gorgeous. The Flowering Fields is from the Sale-a-Bration catalog and I a perfect set for background making, and that's what I used that one for on this card. I add a touch of the Timeless Elegance DSP and could not call this card completed without the touch of ribbon and a beautifully made bow.

Thank you for visiting today. I hope you will stop by again soon. Be well

Miriam

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Saturday, December 19, 2015

I remembered you.

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Well, then, December is past its half time and it is coming to a close. But before it says a final good-bye, the holiday season must pass. I know some people that really hold a grudge against December, mainly because they have their birthday in said month. And a lot of times means only one gift.

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So, let's not forget our friends that have their birthday celebration this month, by giving them a card and perhaps a gift... separate from Christmas, of course. I made today's card thinking of the December people and using the Pals Paper Arts challenge 280 as a sketch inspiration. Do you see some new products? I hope so. The beautiful and bold Watermelon Wonder Ribbon is gorgeous and oh so soft. The sentiment is from the Perfect Pairing that is coming soon on Sale-A-Bration. Love this set and getting it for free makes it that much more adorable! I use the Lots of Labels to cut the sentiment and the Pretty Petals dsp gave the beautiful background. Your loved one will be happy to be remembered and will cherish this card.

Thank you so much for visiting today and for your loyalty. I look forward to seeing you again soon. Be well

Miriam

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Festive & Merry


Well, and here we are at the final stretch before Christmas. But, for those of us that live in Wisconsin, this is not the most amazing thing, as the weather has proven to be amazing so far this month and this week we even went out without a coat at all. I can hardly believe it and I am loving it.


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And to get all wrapped up before Christmas, let's work on some last minute card. Today I am featuring the Festive Fireplace stamp set and framelit for the Dostamper Stars challenge 161. I used the Shimmering White paper for all the parts cut, and color the fireplace using the Blender pen, which made very easy to accomplish an appearance of age. I then went back and stamped the image again both the fireplace and the fire itself. I loved how it turned out. The wood grain added a nice touch to be "back wall", the ribbon sure imitated a chair rail, and the top wall was perfect left in white. A perfect living room for a perfect celebration. Enjoy your holiday and be safe.

Thank you for visiting today. Take a moment to visit the other Dostamper Stars that worked on this challenge.

Be well

Miriam

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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Take a peek, get well.

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It is hard to know that the box loaded with brand new goodies have arrived and you do not have extra time to spare. I think I am going to vote against sleeping until I got to test drive all the goodies.


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It was an early Christmas for me and I am oh so happy to see the new Occasions Catalog products in my very own craft room. I was anxiously waiting on the new set and the Rose Wonder bundle did not disappoint. It is beautiful and I can it will have put on a lot of miles before long.

Today's card I prepared for the CCMC 385 and I thought it would be a nice treat to receive a cheerful card when one is not feeling well. The Rose Garden framelit is beautiful, and combined to the new 1/8" Bermuda Bay ribbon, oh my, what a nice effect. The English Garden dsp worked well here too, to keep with the theme. I added texture to the bottom part of the card with the Fancy Fan TIEF, and the sentiment is from the oldie and favorite Perfectly Penned stamp set.

More sneak peek to come, and I am rather happy to share them with you. 'Till then... toodles.

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

You are having a what???



I am not sure about you, but I am truly enjoying my Octomber. Yeah, you read it, it is my October-December month. It is absolutely lovely and the temperatures are still climbing. This morning it was a lovely and the day was sunny and warm. I went out wearing just a warm sweater. Yeah, not coats, gloves, hats, etc...


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So, how about some flowers to top this lovely day/month? The Dostamper Stars challenge 160 gave a sketch with what looks like a sun to me, then I added the flowers! The English Garden dsp gave me most of the elements for the card, which turned out great.  I would send this card as a thank you card, a birthday card, or just a any/no occasion card. It is sure to bring a smile and a dose of good weather to anyone.

Thank you for visiting today. Look for more inspiration from the other Dostamper Stars by following the links. Be well

Miriam

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Simple. Awesome.


Hello my lovely readers. I am so happy to be back on the craft room and be able to share some fun cards with you.

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Today I have worked on a more fresh looking card, as our weather remains rather friendly and wonderful for December. The sketch is from the SSSC 298, which I worked on using the Flower Patch stamp set and its framelits for all the images and sentiment. Now, notice that the largest flower I simply stamped on the Very Vanilla layers, but the other flowers I cut to give dimension. The leaves were also stamped on the layer and to get them to be "behind" the flower, I just cut the flower form a scrap piece of paper and cover the stamped flower. Then I stamped it. I love to do that as I want to give the idea of layers. Simple, effective, and awesome.

Thank you so much for visiting today. I look forward to seeing you again tomorrow. Be well

Miriam

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Hello Baby


This past two weeks were all too busy and honestly I could use two extra days to get all of it done. Nothing like having some extra time to play at my craft room to start a new week.

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It has been a while since I made some baby cards, as I was in need of birthday cards for the past two months. I am entering today's card on the Mojo Monday challenge 427. I used the Sweet Lil' Thing dsp for the layer and also for the square images. The sentiment is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set, which was cut using the Lots of Labels framelits and to top it all off, I added the luscious satin ribbon and bow. I love that little fox and the turtle from the DSP and the starts and snoozing images just send off a wish for a sweet baby.

Thank you for visiting today. I am glad to be back and I look forward to a good busy week. Be well

Miriam

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Just celebrate. Anything. Everything



I am relieved that finally my computer has come to terms and decide to be nice again. I almost canceled it's Christmas gift!


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Let's then go back to normal posts and share some beautiful work. Thanksgiving was busy and we went to visit my in-laws in Indiana,leaving me little time to play in my craft room. Now, I am back and the Dostamper Stars challenge 159 has a wonderful color combination that was rather pleasing to the eye to work on. The Everything Eleanor stamp set gave me the center image, which I embellished with the Itty Bitty Accents punch pack.  As you know I have a crazy passion for ribbons, and this one in Mossy Meadow makes such a beautiful bow that I could not resist. The sides are adorned with Beach House washi tape, which is a nice discreet touch, and I add a center panel with a DSP. A card for any and all occasions, that is sure to please.

Thank you for visiting today and make sure to stop by again. You can also find more inspiration for today's challenge from others Dostamper Stars. Be well

Miriam


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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Technical difficulties

Dear Readers,

My reliable service is having a bit of confusion and I am not able to upload any photos to complete my posts. I am not sure what is going on, and I am trying, diligently, to have this fixed so we can go back to my normal daily posts. I appreciate your patience as I work on this. I will be back as soon as possible.

Be well

Miriam.


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Monday, November 30, 2015

This is all, folks!

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Be well

Miriam

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

An elegant celebration.

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I know that Thanksgiving is just tomorrow and with that, plenty to think about it and to be thankful for. It is ideal to have this time to reflect about life in general, and remember all the pieces that make us whole. For those of us married, we know that there is plenty to celebrate, ponder, and to be thankful for.

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And a wedding card it is today to be entered at the Mojo Monday challenge 425. That beautiful Timeless Elegance DSP is absolutely perfect for a wedding or anniversary card, don't you think? I heat embossed the sentiment from the Label Love stamp set in black to give an extra touch of elegance. And with all the Online Extravaganza going on and all the pretty ribbons with super discounted prices, I add a touch of it with the most perfect bow. You can get your one of My Bow Maker for free with your $50.00 purchase (before taxes and shipping).

I wish you all a happy and blessed thanksgiving. I look forward to seeing you again soon. Be well

Miriam

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Color me up.

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Well, that was the end of our long October. We woke up to a white world all around us, but it appears that we may get a break and have it all go away by the end of next week. The temperature will climb just enough to hopefully get rid of it all. A bit too soon to have all the whiteness.

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How about a bit of color then? I agree! I got the colors idea from the CCMC challenge 382 and the sketch from Pals Paper Arts challenge 276. I thought the combination rather unusual, and went for just a bit of the Elegant Eggplant, while lavishing on the Island Indigo. I like the fern touch on the corner and that was stamped in Delightful Dijon. The Butterfly Basics stamp set was the set for the image used. The butterflies were cut from both the Bold Butterfly and Butterflies Thinlits and they were all I needed. A sentiment? Well, I feel that this card can be used for many occasions, so I want to keep it that way.

Thank you so much for visiting today. Remember to check grab your favorites at the Online Extravaganza starting tomorrow! I am super excited and can hardly wait. I know some items will go fast, so plan on an early shopping! Be well

Miriam


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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Hear ye! Hear ye! - Online Extravaganza coming up!


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Thursday, November 19, 2015

A what? Oh, Acorn!


As you know, I homeschool my children, and my youngest, whom is 5 y.o. has now discovered the joy of reading. He does very well with numbers, but letters came a bit later for him. He tries to read everything these days and the happiness and pure joy on his face when he reads a word, is completely priceless.

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Today's post is not about teaching literacy, but about acorns. Have you seen the inspiration from Dostamper Stars challenge 158? I have been busy with fall things, such as apple sauce making - made 4 gallons this week - yard work, garden work, planting garlic, closing pool, and the list goes on. I have had little time to play, but have been busy, nonetheless. For today's card, I visit my stash and got the Color me Autumn DSP out, and also use the retired stamp set. The sentiment was cut with the new Lots of Labels, but I cut part of it, as I did not want a lot of blank space. Since Thanksgiving is upon us, I want to make a thank you card and use this time to thank all of you who visit and support me throughout the year.  I hope you will continue to visit and I hope that I can continue to provide inspiration to you all. Thank you. Be well

Miriam


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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Retiring List? Indeed.


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Thursday, November 12, 2015

HBD 2 U



This week, as I worked on my basement and got some stuff that need to find a new home, I got my hand rammed on the door knob and the pain was absolutely excruciating. I tended to my hand immediately with ice and I could not even feel the cold of the ice pack. My husband got me some sports tape and that kept the hand from becoming completely black and blue. I am glad to say that the ice, the tape, and essential oils took care of my hand and I am now pain free.


I am mostly done with moving stuff and re-arranging the basement, and find it a bit difficult to be creative when there is some disorder around me. Nonetheless I was able to prepare a card for today's challenge. I almost completed the card without any stamp, but the white was too white, and I used the Gorgeous Grunge to break a bit of it with the Daffodil Delight ink pad. I stamped the streak stamp one time on the horizontal and then on the vertical until all the area was covered.  The stripes in Pacific Point was adhered into place prior to cutting the letters and I wish for a colorful background. Then I cut the "2" and "D" on Whisper White before adhering it to the Pacific Point layer. This would be the perfect card for a young gentleman celebrating another great year.

Thank you for visiting today. I appreciate you stopping by and invite you to visit other Dostamper Stars to get more inspiration. Be well

Miriam






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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Peace and serenity.

Hello my lovely readers,

Despite me being quiet the past few days, I guarantee to you that I was rather busy. I was at a local craft show on Sunday but last week, Saturday, and yesterday I have been helping my husband finish up putting a piece of dry wall and lights in our basement. A pipe was leaking and we did not know until it made a bubble in the ceiling. It got all fixed up and I have couple more light in what used to be a dark corner.

I have been also working on some commissioned work and today I want to share a card that I prepared for a lovely young lady whom play the violin at the same academy as my children.


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She is a very earthy girl, whom loves the beauty of nature. Considering this, I could not do anything other than a scenery. This scenery has 3 stamps from different sets. The Moon lake stamp set provided me with the boat and the goose, but it was not enough and I need a bit more, and the Lovely as a Tree stamp set gave me just the final touch to my landscape. I sponged the land area with Old Olive and i apply a very small and gentle amount of Lost Lagoon to the lake. Everything else was colored used the Blender Pen, which I love for all my coloring application. The stripes are from the  retired Color Me Autumn DSP, but it was perfect considering the abstract and color, which contrasted nicely with the Basic Black. In all, I am rather pleased with the results and have a sense of peace and calm just by looking at this lovely scenery.... made specially for a lovely young lady.

Thank you for visiting today. Be well.

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

A clean birthday.



Well, this is the first few days of November and just yesterday I was outside grilling some sausage for our lunch. I stayed outside, enjoyed some rays of sun in my skin, and I am positive this is the best November ever since moving to WI. Love this beautiful and warm weather.

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Other than the weather trend, I am still working on Birthday cards. I know I think I have made about 50 of them this past month alone, but the more I make it, the more ideas I get.  Today's color inspiration is from the Dostamper Stars challenge 156. I kept the card very clean and simple, going for stamp images rather then DSP. The images are from Everything Eleanor, Awesomely Artistic, and also a retired favorite A Word for You. That wide ribbon in Cherry Cobbler is also retired, but a loved one.  I started the card by first stamping the Everything Eleanor image in Crumb Cake at the left side. I placed the ribbon to have an idea where I want it to run, then I stamped the ferns from Awesomely Artistic stamp set. I could add more ferns, but the truth is that I can get carried away, so I decided to stop while still ahead. The sentiment was selected last when I knew how much space I had left. Ah, the beauty and satisfaction of less when that is more.

Thank you for visiting today. More inspiration for this challenge by other Dostamper Stars. Be well

Miriam

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Which month?



I am in a bliss with our current weather. The days are beautiful and even warm, at a very comfortable 70F. I saw children wearing shorts and t-shirt today, and I think we are in September or so. It is wonderful.

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Considering the temperatures, the birds are still chirping around, the plants are nice and green, the windows are open, and I still have some produce in my garden. I went to make this card for the SSSC 293 and the only set that came to mind had a bird in it... imagine why. I want a bit of interest in the back and after looking at my stash, the Typeset dsp was declared the winner. While the sentiment may look a bit on the shy side for a masculine card, I think this card can go for a guy who is not afraid of showing a bit of sensibility.


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